STROMBOLI 2001 Stromboli from south Ginostra and the summit of Vancori 924 m Sciara del Fuoco Sciara del Fuoco San Vincenzo and Strombolicchio Bastimento ca. 700 m Rainer at Bastimento ca.700 m cairns at quota 720 m view down to San Vincenzo h=800 m view from pizzo Pizzo 916 m view from Pizzo down towards the crater terrasse the ridge to the summit (Pizzo) h=865 m view from Pizzo down towards the crater terrasse view from pizzo view from pizzo view from pizzo view from pizzo view from pizzo view from pizzo view from pizzo view from Semaforo Labronzo h=110 m Strombolicchio the concret staircase to the lighthouse platform viw from Semaforo Labronzo h=110 m Photos: Rolf Cosar Stromboli, Sept. 2001 HOME Spectacular incandescent nighttime explosions at Stromboli volcano have long attracted visitors to the "Lighthouse of the Mediterranean." Stromboli, the NE-most of the Aeolian Islands, has lent its name to the frequent mild explosive activity that has characterized its eruptions throughout much of historical time. The small, 924-m-high island of Stromboli is the emergent summit of a volcano that grew in two main eruptive cycles, the last of which formed the western portion of the island. The Neostromboli eruptive period from about 13,000 to 5000 years ago was followed by formation of the modern Stromboli edifice. The active summit vents are located at the head of the Sciara del Fuoco, a prominent horseshoe-shaped scarp formed about 5000 years ago as a result of the most recent of a series of slope failures that extend to below sea level. The modern volcano has been constructed within this scarp, which funnels pyroclastic ejecta and lava flows to the NW. Essentially continuous mild strombolian explosions, sometimes accompanied by lava flows, have been recorded at Stromboli for more than a millennium. (Global Volcanism Program) Location: 38.789° N, 15.213° E Elevation: 924 m Strombolicchio is a sea stack of volcanic origin 2 km (1.2 mi) to the northeast of the island of Stromboli in the Aeolian Islands of Italy. Geologically, Strombolicchio is a volcanic plug or spine of extremely hard compacted basalt resistant to erosion, and is the remnant of the original volcano from which the island of Stromboli was built up, whose eruptions ceased approximately 200,000 years ago, since when the volcanic activity has moved about 3 km (1.9 mi) to the southwest. It is the only subaerial part of a submarine platform that extends between it and the main island.The original 56 m high cliff was levelled in the construction of the lighthouse in 1926 at 49 m. A concret staircase with 211 steps leads to the platform.     STROMBOLICCHIO click on pictures